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If you have a 13 month old, the great news is that you can be getting GREAT sleep from your baby.  At this age, night wakings can be LONG gone…as long as you know what to do!  Here are the most commonly asked questions about a 13 month old sleep schedule.

What are typical wake windows for a 13 month old

Most 13 month olds are on a sleep schedule with wake windows in the 3-4 hour range.  The first wake window of the day is usually shorter than the rest of them, about 3 hours.  The wake windows before the second nap and before bedtime tend to be longer, somewhere between 3.5 and 4 hours.

Here is a general guide for you to try:

  • 3 hours of wake time before nap 1
  • 3.5-3.75 hours before nap 2
  • 3.5-4 hours before bedtime

Important note: Because premature babies tend to follow the sleep patterns of their corrected age, always use your baby’s *corrected* age to help figure out their sleep needs if they were born premature.

13 month old sleep schedule

How many naps does a 13 month old need?

The vast majority of 13 month olds still need a sleep schedule with two daytime naps, totaling approximately 2.5-3 hours of sleep between the two.  An average 13 month old is typically napping 1 hour in the morning and 1.5 hours in the afternoon to meet their sleep needs.  

If your 1 year-old is fighting a nap, I never recommend moving to a 1 nap schedule from the get go.  I always assume a baby in this age range needs two naps, unless they prove me wrong (there’s always exceptions).  

Instead, it’s usually a matter of extending their wake windows so that your baby is tired enough to fall asleep nicely.  As babies get older, their wake windows naturally need to increase.  But at this age, keeping them on two naps is almost always what they need.

Is 13 months too early for one nap?

The answer to this question is almost always a resounding “YES!”

Even though your baby may have fought a nap for a couple days in a row, this doesn’t mean she’s ready to go down to a single nap schedule.  Even the best sleepers have “off days” with their naps, as frustrating as it is.

For a baby to be legitimately ready for a 1 nap schedule with one longer nap, she needs to be awake for 5-5.5 hours in the morning before going down for her nap, AND for 4-5 hours before bedtime  *without getting overtired*.  Most babies aren’t ready for these large awake times until they’re 15-18 months.  

When this nap transition happens too soon, you WILL have an overtired child on your hands. This is because your baby likely won’t be getting enough sleep over a 24-hour period.  As a result of your baby becoming overtired, you could be faced with sleep challenges such as difficulty falling asleep, night wakings, early morning wakeups, and short naps.  

It’s not fun.

That being said, if you think your baby is the exception and is ready to drop her morning nap, look out for the following signs:

  • baby is fighting the morning nap;
  • baby is taking two catnaps instead of two full naps;
  • fitting in two naps leads to a VERY late bedtime; and
  • baby is fighting his scheduled naps (especially his first nap) AND takes a while to fall asleep.

What time should a 13 month old go to bed?

This answer might surprise you, but I’m NOT of the belief that every baby needs to go to bed at 7pm.  

Some babies wake up earlier, and some wake up later.  It doesn’t make sense for a 13 month-old waking up at 6:30am for the day to have the same bedtime as a 13 month-old waking at 8:00am for the day.

This is why your baby’s ideal bedtime solely depends on when he typically wakes up in the morning.

See, most 1 year old’s need 11 hours of nighttime sleep.  So, a 13 month-old waking for the day at 6:30am will likely be ready for bed around 7:30pm each night.  And a baby waking at 8:00am in the morning will likely need a bedtime closer to 9:00pm.

Try to get your baby up for the day around the same time each day so that your baby has a consistent daily routine.  Consistency and predictability with your 13 month old’s sleep schedule is important.

13 month old sample schedules

While every baby is slightly different, here are some examples of what a 13 month old sleep schedule looks like:

Example #1- 2 Naps

7:00am- Wakeup
7:30am- Breakfast
9:00am- Milk/Snack (optional)
10:00am-11:00am- Nap 1
12:00pm- Lunch
2:00pm- Milk/Snack (optional)
2:45pm-4:15pm- Nap 2
6:15pm- Dinner
7:15pm- Milk/Snack (optional)
7:45pm- Bedtime (lights out)

Example #2- 1 Nap

6:30am- Wakeup
7:00am- Breakfast
9:30am- Milk/Snack (optional)
11:15am- Lunch
12:00pm-3:00pm- Nap
3:30pm- Milk/Snack (optional)
5:30pm- Dinner
6:30pm- Milk/Snack (optional)
7:00pm- Bedtime

On days that your baby doesn’t give you the greatest naps, your best means of damage control is an earlier bedtime to minimize overtiredness.  

Please use these samples as general guidance to help you figure out the individual scheduling needs of your baby.  These are NOT meant to be cookie-cutter recommendations for all 13 month old babies.

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Is there a 13 month sleep regression?

Sometimes!

There are well-known developmental milestones many 13 month-old babies reach, which can lead to difficulty falling asleep and sudden night wakings.

These milestones are:

Separation anxiety:

While many 1 year-olds are becoming more independent, it’s still very normal for them to experience bouts of separation anxiety.  When going through this stage, babies often become upset when their parent or caregiver leaves the room, even for a few minutes.  This can make it much harder for your baby to fall asleep by themselves.

Teething:

When your baby is teething, it can cause mild, temporary discomfort.  This age is when many babies begin cutting their first molars, which can be especially painful.  Even the best of sleepers can have their sleep disturbed when a molar is coming through.

Gross motor milestones

Some babies by 13 months are learning how pull up to standing, cruise along furniture, or walk independently.  As exciting as it is to see your baby master a new skill, it’s common to also experience a sudden sleep regression because of how exciting this new skill can feel to your baby.  

With so much brain activity and development occurring with a new gross motor skill, it’s common for your baby to choose to practice their new skill, instead of fall asleep nicely.  

An important note

I need to make a VERY important note about sleep regressions.  

Before jumping to conclusions about your little one’s sleep troubles being solely attributed to a baby or toddler sleep regression, take a moment to reflect on their sleep patterns BEFORE the beginning of these sleep troubles.  

Ask yourself what your little one’s sleep like BEFORE this regression hit. 

For example, if your 13-month-old baby always gave you a good night’s sleep but suddenly began experiencing difficulties when learning to walk, that’s one thing. But if your baby’s sleep has always been not-so-great (on a good day), there’s likely underlying sleep issues.

In these cases, a “baby sleep regression” can happen at any age!

If it sounds like your 1 year-old’s sleep regression might actually be a bigger, long-standing sleep issue, it’s always a good idea to look at your baby’s sleep habits to see where there’s room for improvement. By introducing healthy sleep routines, you’re providing your baby the tools he needs to always sleep like a champ- even if he’s going ACTUALLY through a sleep regression.

Can I sleep train my 13 month old baby?

Absolutely!  It’s NEVER too late to establish healthy sleep habits and teach your baby how to sleep independently.  There are sleep training methods available for babies and young children of all ages!

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How much milk should a 13 month old drink?

By the time your baby reaches their first birthday, solid foods become their primary source of nutrition and milk becomes secondary.  This is why the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends capping your 13 month-old’s milk intake at 16-20 ounces per day.  If your baby is drinking too much milk, it can take away from the calories and nutrients they need from solid food.

On a similar note, if you are breastfeeding your baby and would like to continue breastfeeding your baby, keep going!  You don’t have to wean your baby if you don’t want to.  You can continue to breastfeed to supplement their solid food intake for as long as you’d like.

If your baby is still waking up at night to eat, now is a GREAT time to wean him off these nighttime feedings.  As long as your 1 year-old is healthy, he is more than ready to drop these feeds and sleep straight through the night until morning. 

Though always seek out professional medical advice for guidance on your specific child’s health and their nighttime nutritional needs.  

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